Van Duzen River Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


Place Exceptions

Chinook salmon

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release only
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release Only, Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Method:
Catch and Release only, Only barbless hooks may be used.
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Trout

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
5
Special:
Main Stem and tributaries above Eaton Falls, located about 1/2 mile upstream of the mouth of the South Fork (Little Van Duzen) and 2 1/2 miles west of Dinsmore. Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Hatchery trout

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Trout
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Hatchery steelhead

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Bag Limit:
2
Method:
Only barbless hooks may be used
Possession Limit:
4
Species:
Steelhead
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Only barbless hooks may be used

Dates:
Oct. 1 through Mar. 31
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Closed to all fishing

Dates:
Apr. 1 through the Fourth Friday in May
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Sept. 30.
License:
Sport fishing license required
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Sport fishing license required

Dates:
Last Saturday in Apr. through Nov. 15
Special:
Main Stem and tributaries above Eaton Falls, located about 1/2 mile upstream of the mouth of the South Fork (Little Van Duzen) and 2 1/2 miles west of Dinsmore. Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

Dates:
Fourth Saturday in May through Mar. 31
Special:
Main stem from its junction with the Eel River to the end of Golden Gate Drive near Bridgeville (approximately 4,000 feet upstream from the Little Golden Gate Bridge). Also see Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00(a)(3). Eel River (Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino and Trinity cos.). ALL WATERS OF THE EEL RIVER DRAINAGE EXCEPT THOSE LISTED BELOW ARE CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. Low-Flow Restrictions, Section 8.00, also apply, see below for more detail.

County Exceptions

Low-flow restrictions

Dates:
October 1 through April 30
Special:
Stream Closures: Special Low Flow Conditions. From October 1 through April 30 as follows: Any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (4) below shall be closed to all angling on Tuesday and Wednesday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Monday at the applicable designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (4). Any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (4) below shall be closed to all angling on Thursday and Friday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Wednesday at the applicable designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) though (4). Any of the stream reaches listed in subsections (1) through (4) below shall be closed to all angling from Saturday through Monday when the department determines that the flow on the previous Friday at the applicable designated gauging stations is less than the minimum flows set forth in subsections (1) through (4). Notwithstanding this provision, the department may close or keep a stream reach closed to fishing when the minimum flow is exceeded on the scheduled flow determination day if the department is reasonably assured that the stream flow is likely to decrease below the minimum flow as specified in the corresponding subsections (b)(1) through (4) before or on the next flow-determination date. In addition, the department may reopen a stream at any time during a closed period if the minimum flow as specified in the corresponding subsections (b)(1) through (4) is exceeded and the department is reasonably assured that it will remain above the minimum flow until the next scheduled Monday, Wednesday, or Friday flow determination. The department shall make information available to the public by a telephone recorded message updated, as necessary, no later than 1:00 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as to whether any stream will be open or closed to fishing. It shall be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number designated in the sport fishing regulations booklet to obtain information on the status of any stream. The number to call for information is (707) 822-3164 for Mendocino County and (707) 944-5533 for Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties. (1) All streams tributary to the Pacific Ocean (and its bays) in Mendocino County, except for the Russian and Gualala rivers. Minimum Flow: 200 cfs at the USGS gauging station on the main stem Navarro River near Navarro, CA. (2) All streams tributary to the Pacific Ocean (and its bays) in Sonoma and Marin counties, except for the Russian River. Minimum Flow: 150 cfs at the gauging station on the South Fork Gualala River near Sea Ranch (Sonoma County). (3) Russian River main stem below the confluence of the East Branch Russian River (Mendocino and Sonoma counties), Laguna de Santa Rosa, and Santa Rosa Creek. Minimum Flow: 300 cfs at the gauging station located on the main stem Russian River near Guerneville (Sonoma County). (4) The Napa River (Napa County) between Trancas Avenue in Napa and Oakville Cross Bridge near Yountville. Minimum Flow: 15 cfs at the gauging station at the Oak Knoll Bridge on the main stem Napa River

Sport fishing license required

Dates:
All year
Special:
The North Central District consists of the inland waters of all of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties

Region Exceptions

Trout

Dates:
All year
License:
Required
Bag Limit:
5
Possession Limit:
5
Special:
All lakes and reservoirs except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.

Closed to all fishing all year

Dates:
All year
Special:
All streams except those listed by name in the Special Regulations.
License:
Required

Dates:
All year
Special:
The tidewaters of all streams except those listed by name in the Special Regulations. Note: Some waters within this district are tide waters regulated by regulations for the ocean and San Francisco Bay District (see sections 1.53 and 27.00)
License:
Required

Sport fishing license required

Dates:
All year
Special:
The North Central District consists of the inland waters of all of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties

Fresh water fishing

When Hour:
Night fishing allowed but no trout or salmon may be taken
Special:
all waters except Berryessa Lake (Napa Co.) and Mendocino Lake (Mendocino Co.)

Special:
The North Central District consists of the inland waters of all of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties

Activities Available

Fresh Water Fishing
Amphibian Collecting
Reptile Collecting

Methods Available

Barbless Hook
Only Barbless Hooks May Be Used
Catch And Release Only, Only Barbless Hooks May Be Used.
Live Bait
Closed To All Fishing
Bow And Arrow Fishing
Taking Fish Near Dams, Fishways, Screens And Egg-Taking Stations
Closed
Hook And Weight Restrictions
Dip Net
Only One Single Point, Single Shank, Barbless Hook May Be Used On A Line When Taking Sturgeon. The Sturgeon Must Voluntarily Take The Bait Or Lure Inside Its Mouth.
Special Closures
Gaffs
Chumming
Computer Assisted Remote Fishing
Use Of Lights
Catch And Release Only
Catch And Release Only, Only Artificial Lures With Barbless Hooks May Be Used
Low-Flow Restrictions
General Methods
Crayfish May Be Taken Only By Hand, Hook And Line, Dip Net Or With Traps Not Over Three Feet In Greatest Dimension. Any Other Species Taken Shall Be Returned To The Water Immediately. Traps Need Not Be Closely Attended.
Live Bait Capture Methods
Filleting Of Salmonids In Inland Waters
Artificial Lures
Closed To All Fishing All Year
Movement Of Live Fish
Anadromous Waters
Reptiles May Be Taken Only By Hand, Except As Provided In Subsections (e)(2) And (3) Below, Or By The Following Hand-operated Devices: (A) Lizard Nooses. (B) Snake Tongs. (C) Snake Hooks
By Hand, Hand-held Dip Net, Or Hook And Line
Hand, Hook And Line, Spear, Bow And Arrow Fishing Tackle, Or Dip Net.
Possession Of Illegal Gear
Only Artificial Lures With Barbless Hooks May Be Used
Angling Only
Hand, Spade, Shovel, Hoe, Rake, Or Other Appliance Operated By Hand
No Sturgeon May Be Taken By Trolling, Snagging Or By The Use Of Firearms. Sturgeon May Not Be Gaffed, Nor Shall Any Person Use Any Type Of Firearm Or Snare To Take Any Sturgeon.
Salmon Spawning Areas
Bow And Arrow Fishing Tackle
Any
Hook And Line. Fishing Methods Described In Section 2.00 Apply To The Take Of Spiny Softshell Turtles, Slider Turtles And Painted Turtles

State-wide Species Available

American Bullfrog
American Shad
Aquatic Gartersnake
Arboreal Salamander
Baja California Brush Lizard
Baja California Collared Lizard
Baja California Treefrog
Black Bass
Black Salamander
Bonytail Chub
Bullfrog
Bullhead
California Kingsnake
California Lyresnake
California Mountain Kingsnake
California Slender Salamander
California Spiny Lobster
California Treefrog
Candlefish
Carp
Catfish
Checkered Gartersnake
Chinook Salmon
Clams
Clouded Salamander
Coachwhip
Coastal Giant Salamander
Coast Nightsnake
Colorado Pikeminnow
Common Chuckwalla
Common Gartersnake
Common Sagebrush Lizard
Common Sharp-tailed Snakes
Common Side-blotched Lizard
Cottonball Marsh Pupfish
Crappie
Crayfish
Crustaceans
Desert Horned Lizard
Desert Iguana
Desert Night Lizard
Desert Nightsnake
Desert Pupfish
Desert Spiny Lizard
Dunn’s Salamander
Ensatina Salamander
Eulachon
Finfish
Forest Sharp-tailed Snake
Gilbert’s Skink
Glossy Snake
Goldfish
Gophersnake
Granite Spiny Lizard
Grass Carp
Great Basin Collared Lizard
Great Basin Spadefoot Toad
Great Plains Toad
Green Sturgeon
Hardhead Sacramento Pike
Humpback Sucker
Lamprey
Long-nosed Leopard Lizard
Long-nosed Snake
Long-tailed Brush Lizard
Lost River Sucker
Marine Fin Fish
Mearns’ Rock Lizard
Modoc Sucker
Mohave Chub
Mohave Rattlesnake
Mojave Rattlesnake
Mollusks
Mountain Whitefish
North American Racer
Northern Alligator Lizard
Northern Pike
Northern Rubber Boa
Northern Three-lined Boa
Northwestern Gartersnake
Northwestern Salamander
Ornate Tree Lizard
Owens Pupfish
Owens Tui Chub
Pacific Treefrog
Painted Turtle
Panamint Rattlesnake
Pond Slider
Pygmy Short-horned Lizard
Rattlesnake
Red-spotted Toad
Red Abalone
Red Diamond Rattlesnake
Reptiles
Ring-necked Snake
Rio Grande Leopard Frog
Rough-skinned Newt
Rough Sculpin
Sacramento Blackfish
Sacramento Pike Minnow
Salmon
Salmonids
Shortnose Sucker
Sidewinders
Sierra Gartersnake
Sierran Treefrog
Smith’s Black-headed Snake
Sonoran Lyresnak
Sonoran Lyresnake
Southern Alligator Lizard
Southern Leopard Frog
Speckled Rattlesnake
Spiny Softshell
Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake
Steelhead
Steelhead Trout
Striped Bass
Striped Racer
Striped Whipsnake
Sunfish
Terrestrial Gartersnake
Tiger Whiptail
Tilapia
Trout
Turtles
Unarmored Threespine Stickleback
Wandering Salamander
Western Banded Gecko
Western Black-headed Snake
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake
Western Fence Lizard
Western Groundsnake
Western Patch-nosed Snake
Western Rattlesnakes
Western Shovel-nosed Snake
Western Skink
Western Sucker
Western Threadsnake
Western Toad
White Bass
White Sturgeon
Woodhouse’s Toad
Yellow Perch
Zebra-tailed Lizard

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